and weigh it against the scriptures. That continuation of this post heading is from one of the rare critical comments I found as I researched “The Shack” by William P. Young. This is the newest book being heralded in the Christian community. For the most part this book is getting rave reviews. Just yesterday (June 26th) the book received 10 reviews and all but one were given the highest mark (5 stars) by the reviewer. The book has been as high as #7 of the top selling books on Amazon.com. The book is hugely popular. It currently has over 680 reviews, with 527 of them ranking it 5 stars.
As a Christian I have seen many books get heralded as the next new great thing to bring you closer to God. To mention a few: “The Purpose Driven Life”, “The Prayer of Jabez”, “Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper”, “Wild At Heart”, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”. Each of these were gobbled up by the Christian community. Are we that desperate and thirsty to know God outside of His word? Do we abandon everything we know or don’t know about who God is as written in scripture? Someone explain to me why we latch on to what a man has written above what is found in the God breathed scripture. Why do we not step back, take a deep breath, and weigh the book against scripture?
I have not read the book “The Shack” completely but I have accessed several resources who have read it and have read back what is found there. A couple of months ago Dr. Albert Mohler dedicated his entire radio program to reviewing the book. Here are some written excerpts from the show: The book is being compared to “Pilgrim’s Progress” for it’s allegorical use. The book is fiction but it does make some very clear theological claims, such as: the character Papa who is God (seen by Mac, the main character, as an African American woman) says
When we three spoke ourselves into existence as the son of God we became fully human.
This is a complete destruction of the biblical understanding of the Trinity. The Godhead did not become human. On page 110 the character of Jesus does not say that I am the only way to Papa (God) but he does in fact say that I am the “best way” that any human can relate to Papa (God). This is not just a subtle re-imagining of the Christian faith. No matter how you slice that use of the english language, “best way” means there are other ways and I as I mentioned in my previous post, flies in the face of John 14:6.
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
It is impossible to get past this verse in scripture. No one has access to the Father except those who follow Jesus Christ. Tim Challies states it in his review of “The Shack”, “the book has a quietly subversive quality to it”.
Throughout the book there is this kind of subversive strain teaching that new and fresh revelation is much more relevant and important than the kind of knowledge we gain in sermons or seminaries or Scripture.
Again, why do Christians seem to go crazy over these books without weighing against what we know in God’s word? If you can just step back and think critically you will see them as unbiblical. I also found a nice video of Mark Driscoll commenting on “The Shack”. Check it out below.
Like the reviewer on Amazon said “step back, take a deep breath” and think critically. Does what this book teach or suggest line up with scripture?